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Arab ministers to discuss financial support for Palestinian Authority -agency

Arab ministers to discuss financial support for Palestinian Authority -agencyArab finance ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss helping the Palestinian Authority cope with a deepening cash crunch amid a persistent dispute with Israel over payments to families of jailed and deceased militants. The meeting comes ahead of a U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain expected to call for a $ 50 billion global investment fund for the Palestinians, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon which the Palestinian Authority is boycotting. The Palestinian Authority sees the economic conference as an attempt to circumvent its demands for the creation of a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.



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Brexit mayday? PM May's ministers move to oust her, Sunday Times says

Brexit mayday? PM May's ministers move to oust her, Sunday Times saysIf May is toppled, Brexit would be thrust into doubt. It is unclear how, when and even if the United Kingdom will leave the EU. May, who voted to stay in the EU and won the top job in the chaos following the 2016 referendum, had vowed to deliver Brexit but she undermined her premiership with a botched snap election in 2017 which cost her party its parliamentary majority.



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Venezuela's Maduro Asks Cabinet Ministers to Offer Resignations

Venezuela's Maduro Asks Cabinet Ministers to Offer Resignations“President @NicolasMaduro has asked the entire Executive Cabinet to offer their charges for resignation for the purpose of a profound reorganization of the methods and operation of the Bolivarian government to shield the Homeland of Bolivar and Chavez from any threat,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said in a tweet. Maduro is facing international pressure to step down amid one of the worst economic and political crises in recent times.



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Ministers Plan Call With U.K. Business After Vote: Brexit Update

Ministers Plan Call With U.K. Business After Vote: Brexit UpdateCabinet ministers will hold a conference call with businesses shortly after this evening’s votes, according to Institute of Directors head Stephen Martin. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Business Secretary Greg Clark will join the call, he said. May’s government has held a series of calls and meetings with businesses at key moments in the Brexit process in the past year.



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Two right-wing ministers form new party ahead of Israel polls

Two right-wing ministers form new party ahead of Israel pollsTwo right-wing Israeli government ministers on Saturday launched a new party aimed at winning over secular voters ahead of snap elections in April. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said they were quitting the far-right Jewish Home party to found the New Right party. Nationalist Jewish Home — of which Bennett was the head and Shaked deputy leader — has been part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition with eight seats in parliament.



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Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks

Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talksMOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian and Turkish ministers agreed during a meeting in Moscow on Saturday to maintain cooperation in northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country.



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Oil market likely to rebalance early 2019: OPEC ministers

Oil market likely to rebalance early 2019: OPEC ministersOil ministers from leading OPEC nations said Sunday they expect prices will arrest their recent slide and rebalance early next year, when a deal on new production cuts takes effect. Oil prices have shed more than 36 percent since early October to trade at $ 54 (47 euros) per barrel, due to fears of oversupply and weak global demand. “Based on available figures, we have around 26 million barrels of surplus … compared to 340 million barrels in early 2017,” Mazrouei told a press conference in Kuwait City.



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Pound plunges as UK ministers quit over Brexit deal

Pound plunges as UK ministers quit over Brexit dealThe pound plunged against the dollar and euro Thursday after ministers, including Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, quit in protest against a draft deal to exit the EU. The latest market gyrations came as the nation’s business sector gave a lukewarm verdict to the proposed agreement, and amid worries that British Prime Minister Theresa May could soon face a no-confidence vote. London’s FTSE 100 index of major companies meanwhile dipped 0.1 percent to 7,026.17 points.



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Brexit protests outside Downing Street as UK ministers debate deal

Brexit protests outside Downing Street as UK ministers debate dealBrexit supporters and opponents rallied near Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office on Wednesday as her cabinet debated the draft divorce deal inside. Pro-Brexit campaigners urged her to scrap the tentative agreement and make a clean break with European Union without paying a penny more into the EU budget. Around 100 demonstrators gathered opposite the Downing Street entrance gates, chanting “Theresa May, don’t betray!” and “What do we want?



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Rouhani Braces for Sanctions With New Ministers in Key Posts

Rouhani Braces for Sanctions With New Ministers in Key PostsIt’s drawn its sword from the sheath and points it in the faces of the people of Iran, and we have to battle and we have to fight and we have to be united,” Rouhani said in a speech to lawmakers ahead of the parliamentary vote aired on state TV. Rouhani is under mounting pressure to contain a currency crisis brought on by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.



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